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Homing strategies of the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti I. Proportional path-integration takes the ant half-way home

Narendra, Ajay

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Highly evolved eusocial insects such as ants return from a food source to their nest by the shortest possible distance. This form of navigation, called path-integration, involves keeping track of the distance travelled and the angles steered on the outbound journey, which then aids in the computation of the shortest return distance. In featureless terrain, ants rely on the path integrator to travel the entire distance to return to the nest, whereas in landmark-rich habitats ants are guided by...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53356
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.02768

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